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Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars

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Osaka police officers fired seven gunshots at two cars, after one of the vehicles rammed a police car, police said.

According to police, the incident occurred in Tajima, Ikuno Ward at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Fuji TV reported. The driver of one car, a man in his 40s, was shot in the shoulder and leg. He was arrested and taken to hospital. The driver of the other car got away and remained at large on Thursday.

Police said the fracas started when a police patrol car spotted a silver car that was moving in a suspicious manner. An officer approached the driver and asked his name and occupation, but the driver took off, with the police car in pursuit.

However, at an intersection 200 meters away, a black car cut off the police car. All three vehicles then continued into a cul-de-sac. The black car backed into the police car, ramming it several times, at which point one of the police officers called out a warning. When the driver of the black car refused to get out of the car, the officer fired two shots, wounding him.

Meanwhile, the driver of the silver car reversed past the black car and police car. The officers fired five bullets at that car but the driver got out and ran away.

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Note to J-cops: Shoot the tires! Shooting at tires means the bullets travel in a downward direction lessening the chance of accidental shootings from stray bullets. In this case, they fired seven shots, only two of which hit the crim. Where did the rest go? No doubt this cul-de-sac was in a built up area. Last year there was a serious incident very close to my home involving the J-cops and their guns. A large dog like a malamute/husky went nuts and attacked a couple of people. They dispatched over 50 police who fired 13 bullets at this dog. It was hit by 7 bullets. The rest of the bullets were sprayed around the neighbourhood. There were bullet holes in fences and brick walls and one that went through the front wall of a house at head height into the living room. It was a flipping free-for-all turkey shoot! It was only luck that nobody was killed.

Here is the article: https://www.tokyoreporter.com/japan-news/national/chiba-cops-shoot-dog-13-times-after-attacks-on-people/

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@Disillusioned

Shoot the tyres if you have a good aim and the luxury of time I guess but it may not be the best choice if a car is bearing down on you at speed. Other option could have been a baton at the driver’s window but we don’t really have the full picture here.

Interested to hear what the crook in the black car had to say

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Yakety yak, don't drive back

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@AustPaul - Disillusioned - Shoot the tyres if you have a good aim and the luxury of time I guess but it may not be the best choice if a car is bearing down on you at speed. Other option could have been a baton at the driver’s window but we don’t really have the full picture here.

Did you actually read the article or are you just arguing for argument's sake? I guess you missed this details of 'the full picture'. - "The black car backed into the police car, ramming it several times, at which point one of the police officers called out a warning. When the driver of the black car refused to get out of the car, the officer fired two shots, wounding him." - These cops are supposed to be trained professionals, not idiots on a turkey shoot!

This still does not explain where the other 5 shots went or when they were fired.

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Yep, I read the article alright. My comment about shooting the tyres was in response to your suggestion. (And I speak from contemporary experience )

Do you really think we have the whole picture here? I do agree when you say we don’t know where the other 5 shots went which is a concern.

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Sounds like the cops didn't do anything wrong. They warned the person first instead of just shooting. And since they have one perp, hopefully they can track down whom the other was. They have his precious car, and so his info, likely.

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There needs to be independent Oversite and recommend improvements, it's not a static world. That goes for all government departments. Sitting in stasis looking at your navel just gives you a neck ache.

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Recently j cops are becoming more aggressive. Shooting guns at cars to kill people just for running away? Anybody who has fired a firearm knows, if you take 7 shots, at least one will bounce off and kill a child.

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Where did the rest go?

2 hit the suspect in the black car that was ramming everyone (driver using the car in a dangerous manner) and the 5 hit the other car as written in the article.

The situation sounds crazy, so they started the chase, then suddenly this mystery black car shows up and gets into the action, and that's the guy who ends up getting shot and arrested.

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I have seen this happen twice in Wild, Wild Osaka. Cop pulls over car, cop approaches car, driver speeds off.

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Please folks, stop getting your firearm knowledge from movies. Trying to shoot out tires is about as good idea as trying to shoot an armed person in a limb. Trying to shoot a small moving target while adrenaline is pumping is near impossible. That's why they are trained to shoot to stop the threat, not make trick shots at tires.

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Wow a shootout in Osaka! How rare.

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A shoulder and leg shot for such an aggressive attacker - that's commendable.

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If you ram a car into police officers just trying to do their jobs so as to harm them, you deserve to be shot. Too bad these police officers weren't better marksmen.

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Why is it that Japanese police can't seem to catch suspects in a foot chase?

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Why is it that Japanese police can't seem to catch suspects in a foot chase?

They do. However, “Police catch suspect after 150m foot pursuit” does not make headlines or even a “footnote” in the news.

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@Disillusioned it's clearly said in last paragraph that the cop fired five shots in second car

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It's about time Japanese police officers use their guns to shoot at criminals. Great Job Guys.

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